• Three Of A Kind

    by Karen Erstad January 2005

    In the spot where this lavish 12,000-square-foot estate with adjoining pools and a spa now sits, "there used to be a knock-down house," says Jim O'Donnell, president of Waterscapes. "And when it went up for sale, it was going to be subdivided into five lots." But the neighbors — O'Donnell's clients — couldn't have that. So they bought it...

  • Light On Water

    by Scott Webb November 2004

    If your customers simply want to be able to find the water once the sun goes down, you already know all you need to know about lighting. Throw up a few 150watt floods, and they won't be able to miss it.

    But where there exists an eye (and a budget) for beauty, a poolscape builder has an opportunity to create art. A few well-placed strokes of radiant gold and...

  • Poolside Planting

    by Kirstin Pires November 2004

    If you're building a pool or installing a hot tub and you are not considering the surrounding landscape, shame on you. Please do join us in the 21st century! As anyone can see by browsing any magazine stand, the outdoor room is a hot concept these days. And while the pool or hot tub is often the centerpiece, homeowners today want the whole package.

    While you...

  • Down But Not Out

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2004

    Floridians are picking up the pieces after a series of vicious hurricanes ravaged the state in August and September. The combined insured losses from hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne are estimated at between $16 billion and $28 billion by RiskManagement Solutions, an insurance-industry consulting firm. The storms were responsible for scores of deaths and...

  • This Little Piggy

    by Reid Creager November 2004

    The final of three profiles of the members of Genesis 3 Design Group

    Once upon a time, there were three arrogant pigs. They wanted to raise standards and quality in pool design and construction, so in 1998 they founded an international forum called Genesis 3.

    All had extensive experience in various facets of watershapes (their preferred term for...

  • Masterpiece Theater

    by Reid Creager September 2004

    First in a three-part series on the members of Genesis 3 design group

    It's heady stuff, this glitzy world of Brian Van Bower with his six- and seven-figure pool masterpieces, his invitations by private jet to consult with Fortune 500 types and Hollywood moguls, his casual discussion of water as art including an Eastern philosophy of pool placement, his...

  • In The Swim

    by Kirstin Pires September 2004

    If you build pools or sell hot tubs, sooner or later you'll come across clients who want their recreational water indoors. One equipment manufacturer reports that the indoor-pools segment is the fastest-growing part of his business.

    So how much do you need to know about indoor pools and hot tubs. As a builder, do you build the pool and leave the rest up to the...

  • The Heat Is On

    by Karen Erstad August 2004

    Once a luxury item installed mostly on higher-end projects, pool heaters are now becoming almost as standard as pumps and filters. More and more pool owners want a heater because it extends the season, allowing them to get the most out of their investment. In addition, each year more in-ground pools are built with spas, which definitely need heaters.

    So it's no...

  • Master Plan

    by Reid Creager August 2004

    Foundations can be shaky in Southern California — in more ways than one. The region has more than its fair share of pools builders, but not all of them are as stable as they ought to be. Steve Hanousek, vice president of construction for Master Pools & Spas in Palm Desert, Calif., explains: "We have over 80 swimming pool contractors within the...

  • A vanishing-edge pool and spa combo in Montgomery, Texas

    by Karen Erstad August 2004

    The lowest price is not always the winning bid — especially when it comes to high-end custom projects. Upscale clients often choose the best design from the most knowledgeable builder bidding — even if the price is higher.

    Tom Driscoll, president of Cabana Pools Aquatech, says that was the case with this spa and 410-squarefoot vanishing-edge pool in...